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The brother of President Maithripala Sirisena and Araliya Group of Companies Chairman Dudley Sirisena yesterday announced his plans to launch an anti-corruption organisation by joining hands with scholars, professionals, media and business community aiming to put a stop to corrupt activities carried out by politicians and officials and to direct the government on the path of good governance to accelerate the development work in the country.  

Addressing an MoU signing ceremony of Araliya Group in Colombo, yesterday, Sirisena announced that following the elections this year, under the leadership of President Sirisena, he is planning to create an organisation, which is not linked to the government, to promote good governance practices and to influence the government, as the country has reached a boiling point, due to the sustained corruption. 

He, in particular, blamed the politicians and officials who attended the top schools in Colombo for ruining the country’s economy. 

“The people who went to top schools in Colombo were responsible for destroying this country. All these people need to be sent to schools in Polonnaruwa first,” he said. 

Sirisena also criticised the corrupt officials and politicians who were hindering foreign investors coming into Sri Lanka by demanding bribes, which ranges between 5 percent and 50 percent of the investments. 

“There have been certain individuals who were demanding 5 percent, 10 percent, 15 percent, 20 percent and even 50 percent from foreign investors for their investments during past years. We will definitely implement a programme against these corrupt activities carried out by corrupt individuals this year,” he stressed. 

Sirisena claimed that none of the Board of Investment (BOI) projects signed within last one to two years were completed, except for the projects carried out by his company. He said he would reveal these corrupt activities via the media in coming months, while urging for the support of the media. 

Sirisena also revealed that five well-known figures in Sri Lanka’s business community have invested US $ 673 million recently in Indonesia alone, as the conditions in the country have become unviable for local businesses. 

“When I visited Indonesia seven to eight months ago, I met the Sri Lankan ambassador to Indonesia and he revealed to me that five well-known Sri Lankan businessmen have invested US $ 673 million in Indonesia, which was more than the US $ 500 million spent by the Central Bank in defending the rupee against the dollar during the past few months.

Why did these people go there? Because of raw materials, labour cost, tax issues, etc.” he said.

Sirisena insisted that the government must focus on improving the business environment in order to retain local businesses moving their investments out of the country.

“We need to review the benefits of these investments made in Indonesia and we need to take the necessary measures to avoid funds flowing out of the country. We need to create the background and a conducive environment for the business community to invest in Sri Lanka,” he added.  (Nishel Fernando)

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  • Appu Thursday, 10 January 2019 05:41 AM

    Try to get benefits as brother is the President

    sunil vijaya Thursday, 10 January 2019 06:56 AM

    well before you talk about corruption tell us how the sluice gate at parakaramer Samudra was lowered to keep out your hotel getting inundated with water BUILT ILLEGALLY along the weva precincts depriving millions of gallons to the needy farmers. DO NOT BULLSHIT man! your brother and you are corrupt to the hilt!!!!! (please publish this editor or whoever who sees this)

    jayaweera Thursday, 10 January 2019 03:24 PM

    Probably Dudley cannot remember the hotel.....

    Wise Man Thursday, 10 January 2019 07:42 AM

    Hallo Mr. Dudley,You just woke up after years of deep sleep.

    Jaliya Thursday, 10 January 2019 07:53 AM

    This man is a bad example to speak out of anti corruption movement. He is a part to a politically corrupt group. It is his understanding that well known schools in Colombo will produce dishonest politicians, that is only his view not the reality. He said " Why did these people go there? (to other countries to invest money) Because of raw materials, labour cost, tax issues, etc.” but left out Corruption, Political interference, Instability of LKR, Rising cost of operations, Inadequate supporting infrastructure, low moral and unethical workforce, selfish society among many other reasons. If you do not want any corruption in sri lanka then, start within your family first.

    City Thursday, 10 January 2019 10:18 AM

    Bandaranaike, Rajapakse........ Sirisena?????

    Sen Thursday, 10 January 2019 07:59 AM

    To Dudley, we people of Polonnaruwa know, what thuggery you used to established your business empire, remember , how you grab Brown's hotel(now Araliya) got for song after chasing out contenders.We know how you rarned billions by buying government paddy,for very low price, condemning as spoiled and sell later for higher price,how you stocked paddy of the country, and make artificial scarcity to increase the price and earned unreasonable wealth

    Arnold Thursday, 10 January 2019 08:09 AM

    Lump of charcoal calling the kettle black!!

    VJ Thursday, 10 January 2019 10:03 AM

    To fight corruption one has to be clean himself/herself. How is this possible? He is the brother of the President. ‘Eka walle pol’

    Nimal Thursday, 10 January 2019 10:15 AM

    One day a mother crab taught her kids the art of walking straight!

    Rasheed Thursday, 10 January 2019 10:37 AM

    Application to enter politics.

    Issa Thursday, 10 January 2019 10:39 AM

    You need a Thief to Catch a Thief.

    Lal.Fernando. Thursday, 10 January 2019 11:12 AM

    This is a bloody great one.OLD SAYING GET A ROGUE TO CATCH THE ROGUES.

    Thlapa Thursday, 10 January 2019 11:44 AM

    Have you paid your income tax for 2018 Mr Sir?

    RP Thursday, 10 January 2019 01:59 PM

    Corrupt speaking on how to arrest corruption

    lion Thursday, 10 January 2019 03:29 PM

    This is hilarious a man who is corrupt to the core coming forward to fight corruption while inundated in the cesspit of corruption. You are a matching personality to your brother who is on the top.

    Arny Thursday, 10 January 2019 03:37 PM

    Reminds me of the Saudi crown price who arrested many for corruption.

    ni Thursday, 10 January 2019 04:13 PM

    who was trying bribe to get ministers

    casmir Friday, 11 January 2019 03:06 PM

    Hell of a joke a person whom clearing black money of Sirisena family is come forward against corruptions start with yourself , Maithripala and chathurika .. or I forgot young chap Daham .. All Jokers ,


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